The Church said it was by the notice stripping the priest of all privileges accruing to a leader of the Church.
Patrick Edet, who served in the Catholic Diocese of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, had announced on a local radio station early in August that he would be leaving the Catholic church so he could be ‘free to serve God the way he wanted.’
Before he left Catholic Church, Mr. Edet ran a Pentecostal-style fellowship that attracted a huge crowd in the city of Uyo.
He said leaving the Catholic Church now gave him the chance to manage his fellowship the way he wants, without getting into conflict with his former church, saying 'being a priest in the Catholic church is like being restricted in a box'
“You cannot know God beyond that box. You cannot express God beyond that box. And any attempt for you to go beyond that box brings you label.
“The reason I am doing this is that I want to be right with God first. I want to go to heaven when I die,” he said.
The Catholic Bishop of Uyo Diocese, John Ayah, in his reaction to the development, issued a general notice to the parishioners on August 12, where he advised Catholics to stay away from Mr. Edet.